After flying largely under the radar for much of last season, the Dallas Cowboys finished on top of the NFC East to claim the 2018 division title. And once again, it feels like the Cowboys have remained relatively quiet during the offseason. With that being said, here's a look at three reasons why the Cowboys will repeat as champions of the NFC East in 2019.
1. Ezekiel Elliott and the Run Game
Last season, Ezekiel Elliott finished as the NFL's Rushing champion, with 1,434 yards on the ground alone. With the return of Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick, Zeke is in the position to be the league's top rusher yet again. While the NFL has become more of a pass-happy league, establishing a solid rushing attack is still what opens up many of these downfield shots later in the game. With Zeke and the offensive line operating at full force, the Cowboys offense should wear defenses down and attack them in a variety of ways. Especially with new offensive coordinator and former Cowboys' backup quarterback, Kellen Moore, now in charge.
2. They Already Did It Last Season
This may be the most obvious reason. In a 2018 season that didn't lead the Cowboys to a great start, they still finished with a 10-6 regular-season record to win the division. Dallas' biggest loss was wide receiver Cole Beasley this offseason, and the Cowboys may have arguably upgraded to Randall Cobb as his replacement. The prosperity of their offense after acquiring Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders via trade last season, combined with their offseason success likely makes the Cowboys a legitimate threat to improve on their 10-win season from just a year ago.
3. Sneaky-Good Defense
While there aren't many superstars on this defense, Rod Marinelli coaches up a really solid group. The Cowboys finished in the top-10 in both fewest points and yards allowed last season, ranking No. 6 and 7 respectively. They re-signed their top pass-rusher in Demarcus Lawrence, then traded for another talent on the defensive line in Robert Quinn. The young linebacker duo of Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith fly to the ball and can wreck havoc near the line of scrimmage. Watch out for this unit this season, because the defense in Dallas is no longer a pushover.
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